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Positive male role models

The positive value and contribution men in Slough bring to the town has been highlighted by the Safer Slough Partnership.

In recognition of International Men’s Day, where the theme was role models, the partnership shared a series of inspirational quotes and advice from men who live and work in the borough.

Sometimes boys and young men find the transition into adult life difficult and lack a positive role model in their lives. The partnership wants to raise awareness of the amount of support and help there is in Slough for boys and young men to reach their full potential.

Councillor Paul Sohal, Mayor of Slough, (pictured right) shared some words of wisdom. He said: “Have a clear vision. Focus on your objectives. Go out and talk to others and always be ready to lead to make a difference to other people’s lives. Aim-Act-Achieve - this is a lesson I learnt at college and have followed throughout my life.”

Kyan Heywood McLean, 14, from Slough Youth Parliament, said: “I would say whatever challenge or issue you are facing, the chances are somebody has been through it themselves. So ask someone who has been through the same thing, try putting yourself first and surround yourself with few friends that you know you can rely on."

The quotes formed part of a social media campaign throughout the week in November, with the hope that other men who may be facing challenges in their lives read them and find solutions to the problems they may be experiencing.

Josie Wragg, chief executive of the council and chairperson of the Safer Slough Partnership, said: “They have shared some quite personal details about how they have managed to overcome challenges and obstacles along the way, and we are grateful we can share this.

“The hope is that their advice and experiences will resonate with boys and young men who may be stuck in a rut or worried about their future.”

To read the inspirational quotes and to see information on the opportunities out there for anyone who may feel they are stuck in a rut and want to make a change in their life, visit the council's website.

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